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    March 29, 2011
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following president obama's address to the nation. good afternoon. i'm barbara harrison. >> at this hour, the shooting happened just before 1:00 at marley station mall in glen byrny. a man in his 20s was shot in the upper body in the parking lot near the jcpenney store. there's a lookout for a gray honda last seen going south on richie highway. the victim is reported in stable condition. today in libya, moammar gadhafi's forces reportedly launched a fresh round of attacks against civilians. a day after president obama ruled out using american troops to remove the dictator from power. the decision is being second-guessed on capitol hill. steve handelsman has the latest. >> reporter: as the u.s. role in the libyan air war gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, moammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. his forces today
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counterattacked, pushing libyan rebels back, targeting civilians in rebel-held towns. >> gadhafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street. >> reporter: at secretary of state clinton's meeting today was qatar's prime minister. >> we ask gadhafi to leave and not cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: but so far it's the libyan leader's call and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: last night president obama ruled out using u.s. ground troops. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. >> reporter: but capitol hill is splintered. >> forcing gadhafi to leave power, i disagree with the president saying that the use of force should be ruled out.
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>> reporter: if gadhafi hangs on, what will that say about mr. obama. >> the president has said he wants to send a message that you cannot use violence to retain power. well, if gadhafi does not go, that is the lesson people will draw from it. >> reporter: the lesson so far is that american so far and the allies have used violence to save many libyan lives but have failed to remove moammar gadhafi from power. until gadhafi goes, members of the u.s.-led coalition and many lawmakers up here admit helping to build a democratic pro-western libya is on hold. steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. now, to the disaster in japan. there was another scare at one of the earthquake damaged nuclear power plants in fukushima. the temperature in reactor one rose to an alarming level today, but the crews doused it with water and it was brought down.
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if the reactors can't be stabilized, more radiation will leak out. the latest land survey determined the tsunami swept almost 25 miles inland and destroyed towns and cities. more than 11,000 deaths have been reported. the final number is expected to top 18,000. on capitol hill, a senate committee was briefed today on the nuclear disaster in japan. traces of radioactive contamination is being picked up at monitoring stations across the country. but a top nuclear expert told lawmakers there's no reason to panic. >> the u.s. government has an extensive network of radiation monitors across the country. we feel confident based on the current data from monitoring at nuclear power plants and through the environmental protection agency system, that there is no reason for concern in the u.s. regarding radioactive releases from japan. >> the department of energy also reassured lawmakers that it's
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watching the spread of the contamination closely, and offering help and advice to the japanese people. new details are coming to light today about the couple accused of keeping their three children locked in a bedroom, covered in filth. investigators in prince williams county said they made the disturbing discovery in bristo. more on the allegations, even after child neglect charges were filed in the past. >> reporter: 33-year-old john michael roby and 26-year-old christina dawn moore are held without bond on three counts of felony child abuse and three counts of child neglect. they're accused of drywalling their three daughters in a bedroom covered in urine and fee cease. the 4-year-old reportedly escaped to a neighbor's house who helped to rescue her 2-year-old sister and 4-month-old sister. but this is not the first felony neglect charge for the mother in this case. in 2005, christina moore was charged with felony child
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neglect after her 22-month-old twin sons were found walking alone near a prince william county landfall, wearing only their diapers. the boys were placed with child protective services. the results of that case are unknown at this time. the social services could not comment specifically on this open case. but says that while parents who retain custody of their children after abuse charges are monitored, parents who lose custody aren't. >> once the case is closed, say in the situation where we would have placed the children with a relative, and we were no longer providing those parents with services, we would then close that case. we most likely wouldn't have been working with the parents and the parents do not need to report they have another child. >> reporter: sewel said they're placed on a data base for some time depending on the severity of their case. and that's as close as the state comes to a monitoring system.
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>> we look those names up if we get a call. we look the name up first in the registry to see if there's been previous complaints. and we also do that on any prospective foster parents or relatives. if we're going to place with a relative, we want to be ensured they don't have any future complaints on them as well. >> i know something's been going on but never had enough proof to call anybody. >> reporter: the three girls in this case have been temporarily placed with child protective services. in prince william county, tracee wilkins, nbc 4. a fire was in a cooling tower on the roof of the franklin building, ten-story office building at 14th and i streets. the fire was contained to the roof area. the building was evacuated while the fire was knocked down. traffic in the area was diverted, and no injuries were reported. the fbi is trying to determine what caused a small hole in a u.s. airways jet. a pilot made the discovery
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monday during a preflight inspection at the charlotte douglas international airport. a u.s. airways spokeswoman said the flight arrived from philadelphia problem-free, but the hole which does not extend into the aircraft, is visible from the outside. the boeing 737 remains grounded. the summer is going to start four days later for students in prince george's county, something i'm sure they're not happy about. all four weather makeup days will be used to make up for snow days. this means the last day of class for students will be friday, june 17th. and for teachers, monday june 20th. it's going to be a shorter summer for them. >> yes, it will be, by four days. >> meanwhile, it seems it's going to take a long time for spring to get here. >> we're going to talk to meteorologist veronica johnson now. chilly out there. >> that it is. i can say with confidence that it's highly unlikely we'll see any more days coming to us. but it doesn't mean that we're free of the snowflakes.
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there is that possibility. in fact, as you take a look at the sunshine through the area, there's winter weather advisory for far west, in allegheny county, maryland, and from the sunshine we go to looking at temperatures throughout the area. right now, it's been nice out there. around 50 degrees. in fact, georgetown and foggy bottom now at 50. warrenton at 50 degrees. and then just a little cooler in franconnia. down to the south of us, temperatures are also running in the 50s. but still, temperatures are about 10 to 15 degrees below average. for the overnight, increasing clouds. we're talking about a weather system that's going to move in. and it's going to bring some rain to the area. by 11:00 p.m., overcast sky. 41 the temperature. so we're not going to be turning terribly cold overnight. but rain will be returning to the area, and i think it will
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happen during the morning rush tomorrow. out of this system and yet another one coming to us, we could see more than an inch of rain. and yes, we do have the snow to talk about, too. we'll talk about our best chances for seeing the wet snowflakes and all of this in a few minutes. back to you. >> all right. thank you. and we're hearing independence avenue has reopened after problems earlier today. >> the news4 traffic network has the latest. >> yes, good afternoon. independence has reopened. it was shut down between 3rd and 7th due to a suspicious vehicle. that's no longer the case. but we do have volume concerns, not shockingly, as a result. expect a little gridlock around the region. the capital beltway, we've certainly got gridlock there. the delays begin right around george ton pike. they're with you as you continue up river road, as you can see here, inner loop very heavy. headed over towards colesville, the pace opens up.
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no major accidents. but we still have big delays. elsewhere around the region, along 95, aok out of springfield. 95 has a little volume around duke. further south, it's your typical slowdown. route 1 nearing the delays, heavy out of lorton, breaking free through dale city. well, in a reverse of the past few months, consumer confidence is taking a dive. new reports show americans are once again tightening their belts. as michelle franzen reports, world events and the fragile economy here in the u.s. are creating concerns of a double-dip recession. >> reporter: the engine that drives the nation's economy stalled last month. consumer confidence fell sharply. conflict in the middle east, the japan earthquake, and recovery concerns here at home, impacted household spending. >> the fear here is not only
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that the price of filling up the gas tank, but also the price of filling up the grocery cart are going to keep going up this spring, and possibly through the summer. and that's what spooked the consumers a little bit this month. >> reporter: other pieces of the economic pie wane heavily on americans. jobs, or lack of them. the unemployment rate stands at 8.9% nationwide. analysts say that is preventing a rebound in the housing market. >> you really can't have a housing recovery if people don't have a paycheck with which to pay their mortgage. >> reporter: home prices for the 10 and 20-city composites dropped last month. only two cities, san diego and washington, d.c., saw home prices move into positive territory. meanwhile, on capitol hill, a senate banking hearing focused on ways to improve the housing finance system. including a debate on government's role and how to attract private investors. >> the immediate task is to restore confidence in the housing market. >> reporter: federal regulators are working ing ting to do the.
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they voted tuesday to advance an exemption rule for banks on certain mortgages that fall under the new federal regulatory law. the new rule would limit banks' exposure on some loans requiring a 20% down payment from home buyers. michelle franzen, news4. when news4 at 4:00 continues, the five new rules for divorce. and what you should know before you get married. britney spears' new album dropped. caught on camera, a driver loses control and crashes into a building.
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when most people get married these days, they don't think much about the potential for divorce. >> but the odds you'll make it till death do you part are about 50/50 these days. and a split can mean a big fight and big bucks. here's cnbc's melissa francis for the rules for divorce wars. >> reporter: the rules of divorce have changed, and for the more than 1 million marriages ending in america this year, knowing them could be the difference between an amicable split and having an all-out divorce war. rule number one, it may start out with love, but marriage is also a business arrangement. rule number two, divorce settlements are not final. in 1988, after 18 years of marriage, margaret spindlan howard files for divorce from her husband. during the proceedings she suspected him of underrepresenting his wealth. but margaret couldn't prove it. and she reluctantly accepted an arbitration agreement of $750,000.
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margaret spent the next 15 years following the hidden money and found it. her new settlement? $15 million. >> don't ever give up. you know, there's another leaf to turn, something to do. >> margaret's story leads us to rule number three. you cannot hide your assets. today there are forensic accountants to follow the money through a marriage and make sure you disclose everything. >> if you're able to hide from the government, what makes you think you can hide it from your wife. but the government doesn't really hate you. your wife hates you. >> reporter: but divorce is expensive and hiring attorneys and forensic accountants can break you financially. but you are not alone. and that's rule number four. there are new businesses providing fight money to underdogs who have a good chance of winning their divorce war. >> somebody comes to us and says, listen, i believe i'm entitled to a certain amount of money. i don't have the ability to get to the end of the day. typically they've been in the process for a while. and if it all makes sense, we come and we fund. >> reporter: they fund for a
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piece of the action. which brings us to rule number five. cheating doesn't count. as of 2010, all 50 states have no-fault divorce laws, meaning divorce wars now are less about romantic infidelity and more about financial infidelity. >> go inside the world of high-end break-ups when "divorce wars" premieres tonight on cnbc. perez hilton is no stranger to the literary world. >> but for the first time, the popular celebrity blogger's new book will deal with kids. four kids. hilton is set to debut a children's book called "the boy with the pink hair. his publishing company said it was about individualiality and acceptance. britney spears fans can finally get their fix. >> the pop star announced a big
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tour that will include a stop right here in washington. britney's femme fatale is her seventh studio album. "rolling stone" magazine called it her best and strangest one yet. spears also announced this morning that she would be on tour with enrique iglesias. but we've been told he has pulled out. well, prince harry is planning an icy adventure before he returns to london for his brother's wedding next month. >> he's going to take part in a trek for a charity he supports. he joined the group in norway today and will depart with them on friday. at a briefing the prince said he can expect to drag a 200-pound sled through temperatures of 40 below zero. a reporter asked harry if he was ready for that. >> i'm just here to give them as
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much support as possible. so, yeah, i haven't had as much time to train. but i'll be with there, on whatever they call skis. that should be entertaining for all of us. >> four servicemen wounded in afghanistan are taking part in the journey, too, including one who lost an arm and one who lost his right leg below the knee. the group hopes to raise more than $3 million for wounded veterans. nationals park opened three years ago, you'll remember, with the promise of a lively new entertainment district for an exciting team. >> with a start of the baseball season this week, craig melvin found out from the 20, whether that promise has been fulfilled. >> the clock is winding down toward the start of a new baseball season. and that means the return of the nationals to the ballpark in southeast washington. and there is some hope in the twitterverse this year, one person tweeting two days until  nationals' opening day.
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i feel like a little kid does on december 23rd. the nationals are going to be a contender. which season? i don't know. but it's coming. things may seem brighter for the team, but what about the promises made about the park in the neighborhood that it sits in. we're joined by jacqueline dupree, one of the 20. our list of the 20 people worth following in our community right now. jacqueline, what grade would you give the team for making good on the promises about the stadium in southeast? >> i think they've done pretty well so far, given what's happened with the economy, not just in washington, but throughout the united states. there were grand plans by developers, and the city to have more retail and restaurants and bars to be able to go to. >> are you optimistic that part of southeast d.c. will ever resemble what so many of us on brochures, and billboards? >> yeah, i do. i think that it's worth way too
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much money. all of that land. and people want to live there. i mean, this is a neighborhood where there's hardly any restaurants. hardly anywhere to do anything. it's full. >> jacqueline, thank you so much. always a pleasure. again, jacqueline, just one of the 20. jacqueline dupree of the blog "jdland.com. join in the discussion, join us on nbc washington at twitter. join me as well at craig melvin. if you would like to see more voices leading the conversations negotiation to our website nbcwashington.com/the 20. all right. coming up on news4, the shopping frenzy tonight. expected to save women a bundle. the four secret allergy triggers that will have you sneezing up a storm. plus, how a 10-year-old boy saved the life of his babysitter.
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hundreds of local women will be racing to get the hottest designer looks at bargain prices. it's the tenth annual district sample sale. here are pictures from last year's event. more than 700 women will be buying stuff from 20 of the region's best designers. the best part? it's all up to 90% off. unfortunately you need a ticket to attend. and they're all sold out. proceeds from this year's event will benefit the el haines public charter school in the district. >> if anyone out there wants to
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sell their ticket, we know a few people -- >> you can save 90%. that tease actually got my attention, too. >> i know. >> what a deal. >> can we get a deal on the weather? >> no, that's the thumb down. but the good news is that for opening day on thursday, i think that that game will get in. might be a little bit of a delay, but it's not looking as wet as it did just yesterday. so it will be kind of drizzly with light showers coming through. opening day thursday, around here, prepare yourself. get the umbrellas ready. this is really a mental game where the weather kind of takes a flip and goes from nice and sunny conditions throughout the area to some pretty lousy weather. not just for one, but for three days coming up. right now we're at 50 degrees. west-northwesterly wind at 9 miles per hour. pollen count today, mod rattle. for trees, up to 27 grains per cubic meter. as far as west, 48 degrees now
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in mclean. alexandria and quantico now at 50 degrees. you folks around st. mary's, 47 degrees your temperature. it today we've had a northerly wind, clouds moving through from time to time. high clouds. there will be more clouds moving in during the overnight. and those clouds will be lowering, and they will be thickening. you can see them in kentucky. that's what's going to be streaming this way. a system making its move, from west to east and off the coast. cold enough air will be moving in as well. and that means that parts of our north and western areas could see some snow. i think early part of the day tomorrow. mainly around allegheny county, points around i-81 and off to the west. even maybe around frederick county as well as northern loudon county. possibility of some wet snowflakes early tomorrow morning. then mostly rain coming through the area. as one system moves out of the way, we've got another one. this one will be moving up the coast thursday, friday. thursday will be our transition day. that's why i'm thinking not as much rain and more drizzle
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coming to the area with the wetness really coming back in a bigger way for friday, as that system moves up the couldn't. this evening, on the chilly side. increasing clouds. but pleasant. temperatures will drop from 47 to 42 degrees. a look at tomorrow morning. cloudy, with rain developing during the morning rush. temperatures between 33 and 38 degrees. then for tomorrow afternoon, rain is likely. occasionally mixing in with a light wet snow. 38 to 41 degrees the high temperature. and with conditions coming up tomorrow night, and turning cold again, there could be some light accumulation in the northwestern suburbs. thursday, the high 47, 50 on friday. the weekend is still looking nice. >> good. >> that's good news. >> very good news. >> thank you, veronica. still to come on news4 at 4:00, dramatic video of a car slamming into a building. also ahead at 4:30, a snowboarder gets trapped and
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manages to call his wife. her reaction as he's stuck in six feet of snow. the world's largest retailer at the nation's highest court today. we'll have much more on the case against walmart coming up.
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welcome back to news4 at 4:00. police are searching for at least two suspects at this hour in a shooting at the marley station mall in glen byrny. police say a man in his 20s was shot in the upper body in the parking lot near the jcpenney store. the victim is reported in stable condition. new details coming out about the prince william county,
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virginia, parents charged with felony child abuse. they kept their three children living in filth in a locked bedroom in their bristol home. the prosecutor said drugs may be involved. the couple is in jail without bond. today libyan moammar gadhafi's forces launched a fresh round of attacks against civilians and forced rebel fighters into a hasty retreat. the reversal comes a day after president obama ruled out using american troops to remove gadhafi. bargains in the technology world and retail sectors as well. a lower than expect drop in consumer confidence helped stocks edge higher today. all three indices were up. the dow led the way, gaining 81 points to close at 12,279, the nasdaq was up about 26 points at 2,756, and the s&p 500 rose nine points to 1,319. the biggest retailer were
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before the highest court today. walmart wants the supreme court to disband a class action suit by women. people started lining up at 2:00 a.m. in downtown washington to see the biggest gender case in history. >> reporter: at the supreme court today, a small group of women, with hopes they'll soon speak for more than 1 million. >> i brought this case -- >> reporter: betty duke first sued walmart in 2001. her sex discrimination case now a class action for female walmart employees past and present. >> if you do wrong, you should be held accountable. from the least of us to the greatest of us. >> reporter: but the retail giant said the giant lawsuit is too big, and shouldn't be a class action because it's impossible to prove all female employees had a common experience. >> what's wrong with this case is that three places are trying
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to represent more than 1.5 million associates. i've had a very positive experience at walmart, like thousands of other women. >> reporter: that's what walmart lawyers argued before the nine justices, who seemed sympathetic to the company's position. justice antonio scalia asking the attorney for the women, is this really due pro sells. the justices appeared confused by the plfgs' contention that walmart had a stereotyping, while giving local store managers too much discretion in pay and promotions. and while the high court, including three female justices heard arguments, outside women's rights advocates tried to have their voices heard. as the high court now decides if this is a case for all women of walmart, or if just a few plaintiffs will start over at square one. and this is one of the most watched cases of this term, not just by women in the work force, but also by businesses who could be subjected to class action.
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a decision is expected by late june. at the supreme court, kristen dahlgren, news4. chilling and deadly crash in new york city caught on security camera. it shows a vehicle smashing through a building. the car was exiting the queens boro bridge about 4:00 this morning when it hit a guard rail, flipped over and went airborne. it crashed through the glass doors of the building. a taxi cab driver walking to work was killed. the driver lost an arm. his passenger is injured. neither drugs nor alcohol police say were involved. tucker stoops of connecticut is only 10 years old. but he's being honored this week for saving his babysitter's life. the incident happened back in january. the sitter was taking care of tucker and his 7-year-old sister. for some reason the sitter started having trouble breathing, but tucker didn't panic. he called 911 and explained the problem to the dispatcher. the officer said tucker was not only kept -- kept his composure,
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but said he was remarkably polite through the whole ordeal. >> my babysitter's having a hard time breathing i think. >> okay. how old are you? >> i'm ten years old. >> okay. how old is your babysitter? >> i don't know quite. >> are you with her right now? >> yes. and she's making a strange noise. i don't know if she's okay. >> as soon as somebody gets in the front door, you can hang up with me. >> okay. >> you're doing good, tucker. >> thank you for your help. >> you're welcome. >> to them, they're just doing the right thing. >> when paramedics arrived, the sitter was in severe respiratory distress. she has since made a full recovery. the paramedics said she likely would have died if she had not received immediate help. the police department will honor tucker and his sister for their brif ri at an awards ceremony on thursday. well, when the trees turn from brown to green, it means the start of allergies for many of us here in the washington area. in news4 your health, the four
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secret allergy triggers that can get your nose running and your eyes watering. jim handly reports. >> ragweed, pollen, trees, that's a few of them. >> reporter: before she got her allergies under control, simply breathing in the air on a spring day or eating the wrong food would leave her suffering from a runny nose, hives, even swelling. >> you buy a lot of puffs. you buy a lot of puffs, because you really are constantly sneezing and draining. >> reporter: as if suffering from allergies wasn't bad enough, doctors say there are hidden triggers that can make your allergies even worse. a big one that affects lots of washingtonians, stress. >> your adrenaline starts pumping. all our hormones go up. >> reporter: in alexandria, ear nose and throat specialist says all that action in the body takes a toll on our immune system.
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so it has a tougher time fending off allergens. another trigger, dehydration. >> dry, crusty nose, dry eyes, you're not making tears, that type of thing. >> reporter: your nose, eyes and skin are the body's first line of defense against things like pollen and other airborne allergens. and being dehydrated can prevent tress organs from working properly. if you're thinking of having a glass of wine to relax, think again if you suffer from allergies. the doctor says alcohol not only causes dehydration, but bacteria and yeast in wine can produce histamines, which can trigger symptoms like stuffy nose and itchy eyes. and last, keep track of when you're taking allergy medications. >> a lot of the medicines aren't quite 24 hours coverage. so that by the end of the day, if you are exposed to dust at work, things coming out of vents, by then the medicine may have worn off and you end up
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having more problems. >> reporter: maria hughes now goes to great lengths to control her sneezing and wheezing. besides medication, she keeps allergens out of her home by using air filters. washing sheets and blankets regularly in hot water. vacuuming. even using special cases for bedding to keep dust mites away. >> you know, you have to be your own advocate. you can't be a victim. allergies are not going to slow me down. >> definitely that season. >> and it takes a lot of work to do that. but it's worth it. more to come on news4 at 4:00. how fans can actually touch justin bieber's hair. all to help a good cause. okay. also ahead, why zoo officials don't think they'll find that missing cobra for weeks. welcome. and happy baconalia! baconalia? mm-hmm. why, it's the sacred festival of bacon. a celebration of baconian delight.
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breaking news from hollywood. for the second time in a week, zsa zsa gabor has been rushed to the hospital. the 94-year-old actress was having a hard time breathing, and was spitting up. she's been taken to ucla medical center last week, she was taken to the hospital after hearing about the death of her friend liz taylor. just a few weeks after actress jane russell died. fears that she would be next apparently made her hysterical and september her blood pressurizing. in miami today, fans of justin bieber had their pictures taken with locks of his hair. that's one way to get a step closer to the teen heartthrob. bieber cut his hair and gave some of those locks to ellen degeneres. she auctioned them off on ebay for $42,000. and donated money to charity. the miami company that bought the bieber locks is keeping the good will going. the proceeds from today's pictures with justin bieber's hair will be going to a japanese tsunami relief fund.
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that's a good end to that story. >> good cause. >> yeah. when news4 at 4:00 returns, a slippery situation, why a deadly animal has people thinking twice about a trip to the zoo. i was positive i was going to die. >> it was a chilling call that a snowboarder made after he was buried in snow. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill. because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone for just $99.99 a month for a year. call now and get this special bonus: $100 back. fios is a 100% fiber-optic network
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we're looking forward to opening day, but not opening day weather. >> it's too cool out there. >> it's not going to be sunny and bright. it's going to be wet, it's going to be drizzly, if you really want to support your team, you go out there and bear and grin it, right? yes. you sure do. as we take a look at the forecast, remember the beginning of march? it was kind of easy. came in kind of like a lamb. it could be going out like a lion. we're at 50 degrees right now. here's what's coming over the next two days. we've got one storm pretty far away now, down over louisiana and arkansas. the rain just to the north. that system comes into the area tomorrow. rain showers for the morning rush. really, the best chance is after, i think, lunchtime tomorrow through the afternoon and evening. another storm comes up the coast. that one will bring more rain to the area on friday. thursday, kind of in between with drizzly, damp conditions, and pretty chilly, too. always the system comes up the
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coast, friday and early saturday, pennsylvania, terry, pennsylvania, new york, could see some snowfall out of that system. tomorrow morning around here, 37 to 39. not going to be terribly cold. but cold enough to the west. some of the locations, high spots could see accumulating snowfall. 42 is our high temperature for tomorrow. as far as advisories go, winter weather advisory for allegheny county toward areas of i-81, one to three inches, and those advisories are for tomorrow. i love the weekend, 52 to about 54 saturday and sunday. we could pick up a few extra clouds on sunday. >> looks like we were all thinking spring today. >> yeah. >> nobody called anybody. >> take a picture. >> really. >> thanks, veronica. so, do you like snakes? >> are you kidding? >> are you afraid of snakes? >> i am. >> most people, many people are afraid of snakes. i'm afraid of snakes. the folks who are afraid of snakes probably won't be going to the new york bronx zoo anytime soon.
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>> sioux keepers say a venomous egyptian cobra is missing from the reptile house there. peter alexander has the latest on the search for this snake. >> reporter: if you're anything like me, you would probably prefer to cover the story from up here. but way down below there's a potentially deadly cobra missing. what do you think of that? >> we'll be leaving soon. >> reporter: it may not be snakes on a plane -- >> i have had it with these monkey's fighting snakes on this plane! >> reporter: but it is an egyptian cobra loose at the bronx zoo. the venomous snake that looks something like this managed to slither out of its enclosure. as soon as they noticed it was gone, the reptile house was immediately closed to the public, and secured. that was friday afternoon. the cobra hasn't been seen since. >> what did your mom say when you said you were going to the zoo. >> they didn't catch the cobra
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yet. i don't think it's a good idea. >> reporter: at this point, it's just like fishing, you put the hook in the water and wait. the cobra is just months old and pencil-thin is likely hiding in an isolated area in the reptile house, somewhere it feels safe. i'm glad she does. an egyptian cobra can be very dangerous. these animals have very strong venom. and it's strong enough to kill a human being. that is the bad news. the good news is that they're not particularly aggressive. they're really only going to bite if they feel threatened. >> reporter: cobra bites can be deadly if they do untreated. according to legend it's the kind of snake cleopatra used to commit suicide. >> taste these as they say is sharp, swiftly over. >> reporter: of course, hollywood's been tapping into our fear of snakes for years. from anaconda, to indiana jones. today this real-life reptile has snaked its way into the spotlight.
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even comedian steve martin who once proudly paid tribute to the boy king tweeted, an egyptian cobra has escaped and is hiding in the bronx zoo. i'm sitting in my king tut hat awaiting for their call for help. >> the snake has gotten its own fake twitter page with tens of thousands of followers. can you believe that? >> i guess everybody hopes to hear soon that he's been caught. coming up on news4 at 4:00, the surprise a store clerk got after wrestling a gun away from robbery suspects. it is true talent or a true hoax. why a hungry puppy is generating a lot of online debate. coming up at 5:00, police step up their efforts after a mugging on the national mall. a hollywood star is at the center of a sex scandal that involves italy's prime minister. we're going to find out who may be forced to testify.
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verizon fios. a network ahead. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-6006 tty/v. two men robbed a denver convenience store, but it was definitely not easy. surveillance video from earlier this month shows one of them waving a gun, one puts a gun to the head of a customer, when they demand cash that's when the clerk lungs across the counter
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and wrestles the man for the gun. next time they come back on the camera you see the clerk escorting the clerks out of that store. turns out the gun was actually a toy. the suspects did make off with only $70. an intrepid dog got on tape. the dog opens the refrigerator door like a pro and seems to know exactly what he's looking for. it must have had the late-night munchies, because it grabbed a slice of pizza out of the refrigerator. if you read the comments on the youtube page, some think it's fake. others say the dog is definitely a repeat offender and the owners were just trying to catch him. >> practice makes perfect. dog knows how to get that food. still ahead on news4, a snowboarder gets the rush of a lifetime and captures the entire ordeal with his camera. nnd3d3k
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a man thought he would capture his snowboarding with a camera on his helmet. instead, he captured a few moments after he became buried alive. tamran hall explains how his wife didn't believe him. >> reporter: he went up for a day of snowboarding with no idea the nightmare he would soon be facing. >> i was positive i was going to die. >> reporter: drummond's typical run on the mountain turned very scary, very quickly.
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as he felt head-first into a tree well at the base of a tree. as drummond came to, his camera revealed the terrible situation he was in. buried alive, upside down in six feet of snow. he struggled for 20 minutes to reach his cell phone. >> dug straight down to my pocket. by the time i got down to my pocket, my fingers felt like they were about that fat around. >> reporter: just as he found his cell phone, a call came through. his wife was on the line. >> i'm stuck in a tree well. give them my phone number. >> are you serious? >> i'm going to die if they don't find me. >> are you serious? >> call them! give them -- >> are you there? >> give them my number. >> reporter: although he was stuck, drummond who had been snowboarding the area for more than 20 years, knew he could help the ski patrol find them. >> it wasn't just that i knew the mountain, i also knew where i was. >> reporter: first came the
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call. >> hello? >> reporter: and then 30 terrifying minutes later, the rescue. >> and i heard somebody say, i found him. >> we got him! >> got on my board. >> reporter: remarkably drummond was fine. he said watching the video isn't easy. >> it's hard to watch. but it's a little embarrassing, too, because -- well, i was really scared, you know. >> when drummond crashed he said he was instantly reminded of a snowboarder who died at the same park back in february. he hopes his scare will educate others to take necessary precautions when hitting the slopes. >> that is scary. that was tamryn hall reporting.
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now, live in hd, this is news4 at 5:00. allegations of abuse behind closed doors. police say three sisters were found living in filth locked inside a room. tonight the parents are behind bars as new details about the alleged crime come to light. good evening. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm wendy rieger. jim handly has the night off. the parents are held without bail. they're accused of keeping their children naked and locked inside their virginia home. chris gordon spoke to the prosecutors who now say drugs may have played a role in all of this. >> reporter: charges of felony child abuse have been filed against 28-year-old christina moore and 33-year-old john roby. court papers say their 4-year-old daughter broke out of the room where she was held, went next door, knocked on the door and asked a neighbor to help her saying her sisters couldn't get out of the room. the neighbor accompanied the 4-year-old to her home and found her sisters, age 2